Why are Hollywood glamour photographs on
display at the Taft Museum of Art? FotoFocus isn’t reason enough; the
Taft likes to establish a tie between the renowned permanent collection
and temporary exhibitions. So what is Myrna Loy doing here?
surprising that one of the most frequently produced and honored
playwrights of the 20th century hasn’t previously had one of his works
staged at our award-winning regional theater, but it’s almost worth the
wait given the current staging of Neil Simon’s 1983 Tony Award winner, Brighton Beach Memoirs.
The folks who run Cincinnati Landmark Productions know their audience:
This is the kind of warm-hearted, old-fashioned show that appeals to
their subscribers. But I Do! I Do! has really become a history lesson more than a romantic voyage.
Drawing comparisons is a futile way to describe Blue Man Group.
It’s a unique form of entertainment that
includes music, electronica, childish gross-outs and silliness that owes a lot to the
physicality Three Stooges and the silent slapstick of Harpo Marx.
century-old Esquire Theatre in Clifton, a night at the movies can involve anything from
dancing along to a live cast during The Rocky Horror Picture Show, throwing snow as a live choir sings along to White Christmas or reciting the lines to your favorite cult classic with an auditorium full of equally devoted fans.
Laurel Nakadate, a celebrated New York-based photographer/videographer/filmmaker/performance artist, will deliver the FotoFocus Lecture 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She will be telling stories and showing slides about her work this century.
Shooting outdoors separated photographer Herb Ritts from
studio-based New York peers. In addition to Malibu and El Mirage, Ritts
used a rooftop studio. He established a fun, “organic” working
environment, enabling him to cajole his subjects and develop an
“anti-glamour” style of celebrity photography.
— and napkin folding and thank-you-card writing — are
major topics of conversations in Jeffrey Hatcher’s semi-autobiographical
Mrs. Mannerly, but the play is
never dull or dry. Who knew place
settings could be so entertaining?
Tyler Shields’ Klout Score is probably through the roof. Although he is prone to superlatives,
someone less familiar with his work might find this statement mere
braggadocio. But Shields credits his online presence as the reason he is
so successful as a multi-disciplinary artist.
More often than not, I try to introduce CityBeat
readers to new plays and writers. We see quite a few such shows locally
thanks to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC), the Cincinnati Playhouse
and Know Theatre. In fact, looking at American Theatre’s list of
2012-2013’s “Top 10” most-produced plays, six have already been
The god in Manifest Gallery’s Deus Ex Machina does
not arise from the traditional machine (that crane elevating a Greek
actor of ancient times to meet a plot need for divine intervention), but
instead from our handy modern device, the camera.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz
is on the phone with me from Los Angeles, where he’s beginning a book
tour to mark the release of his second collection of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her, some 16 years in the making.